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2 Samuel 12:5 David was furious. “As surely as the LORD lives, any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!”
Each and every day you will make decisions. Many of those, you assume, won’t impact the lives of anybody else. You may be thirsty so you drink a glass of milk. You may be hungry so you grab a granola bar from the cabinet. These are small, simple decisions which often won’t greatly impact others.
But then there are other decisions you make which have a huge impact in the lives of others. If you’re a manager or business leader, you may move names around on a flow-chart trying to figure out how to make the business function better. Yet you may forget that these names represent real people, with real lives. And your decision to move them around or adjust their schedule will have a major impact on their lives.
The account of David an Bathsheba illustrates an important principle to remember: “The decisions we make don’t only impact our own lives, but the lives of countless others.” We ought not be afraid to make decisions, but we must consider how our decisions may impact the lives of others around us.
READING & PRAYERS:
2 SAMUEL 12:1-12 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: Think about some of the decisions you’ve made over the previous 48 hours. In what ways have you made decisions based on frustration, fear, or on your own terms?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Today, spend a few seconds praying and partnering with God about each decision you make – whether great or small.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I desire to live with an ongoing recognition that You are with me. No matter what I may do, say, or think, there isn’t anything that can separate me from Your love. May I bask in the wonder of Your love throughout the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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